“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.” … More The Force of Love
Quick question. Which would you rather receive for Christmas, a gift quickly grabbed off of the shelf from Wal-Mart (or other store) or a homespun gift that represents a lot of thought and love? During these last few weeks before Christmas, we cannot look at a newspaper, the television or even the internet without seeing … More Homespun vs. Wal-Mart
Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and loved ones will soon be seated around the table enjoying turkey and dressing, fixings and dessert. This time of the year is traditionally a time when folks stop to give thanks for their many blessings. It is a tradition that is well-worth carrying on and teaching to our younger generation. … More What Are You Thankful For?
Many, many songs, poems, books, magazine articles, blogs and movies have been written about the power of love. Until you allow this feeling into your life you never really understand what all the fuss is about. Recently, I have been reminded of the importance (and necessity) of doing just that. Love comes in many forms … More The Power of Love
The memory of the 21-gun salute by local military personnel at my Dad’s funeral in 1968 still chills me to the bone. I vividly remember standing beneath the attending adults as a (just turned) 5-year old wondering what was going on. Our beloved Dad had died unexpectedly at 34, while on a business trip to … More A Father’s Legacy…
“POPPPCORNN!” I can still hear him hollering my new name like it was yesterday. It was the early 1990’s and I was working at Modern Care Convalescent Facility as Social Services Director. Every other Saturday, I assisted the Activity staff by playing a movie and passing out popcorn to the residents. This particular Saturday afternoon, … More A Modern ‘Family’ that Cared
“Suddenly all my ancestors are behind me. ‘Be still’, they say. ‘Watch and listen. You are the result of the love of thousands.” -Author Unknown During the past several years as the inevitable effects of aging have started to affect my family members, I have come face-to-face with situations that have required a change in … More Family
” No matter what… No matter where… It’s always home when love is there.” – Author Unknown Over 28 years ago, my husband Jim and I exchanged our wedding vows in front of family and friends at Trinity Lutheran Church in Neeleyville, Illinois. For several weeks prior to the ceremony, we attended counseling sessions with … More To Love, Honor and Cherish…